Dana Hill

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Dana Hill
Born Dana Lynne Goetz
(1964-05-06)May 6, 1964
Encino, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Died July 15, 1996(1996-07-15) (aged 32)
Burbank, California, U.S.
Cause of death
stroke after complications from Type 1 diabetes
Resting place
Cremated
Other names Dana Hill-Goetz
Occupation Actress
Years active 1978–1996

Dana Hill (born Dana Lynne Goetz; May 6, 1964 – July 15, 1996) was an American actress and voice actress with a raspy voice whose childlike appearance limited her to playing adolescent roles into her thirties. Hill is best known for having played Audrey Griswald in National Lampoon’s European Vacation, and roles in Shoot the Moon and Cross Creek.

Early health issues[edit]

Dana Lynne Goetz was born in 1964 to Sandy Hill and Ted Goetz, a director of commercials. A diagnosis of Type I diabetes at an early age ended a promising athletic future. A 1982 article in People magazine[1] reported that at age 10 Hill had placed third nationwide in the 880-yard run and fourth in the mile run. A few weeks later, she collapsed on the track, which resulted in the diagnosis. The diabetes affected her height (at 18 she was 5' 0" and 82 pounds) and caused lifelong health complications.[citation needed]

Teen years[edit]

Despite her father's strong discouragement, Hill’s initial work was in commercials (her first job was a 1973 commercial for the YMCA, spinning a basketball on her finger with then-Boston Celtics center Dave Cowens). However, to avoid the appearance of nepotism, she took her mother's maiden name as her stage name and devoted herself to acting as a career. She appeared in guest roles on such programs as Family before landing a major role on the 1981–1982 CBS series The Two Of Us as Gabrielle "Gabby" Gallagher. While filming this series the 17-year-old Hill would sometimes be pulled over by the police while driving to the studio, because she looked too young to drive.[2]

Her breakthrough role was in the 1981 made-for-TV movie Fallen Angel. The 17-year-old Hill played 12-year-old molestation victim Jennifer Phillips, a role which earned her a Young Artist Award for Best Young Actress in a Television Special.[3]

In 1982, Hill played Sherry Dunlap, the daughter of Albert Finney and Diane Keaton in Shoot the Moon That same year, she played Frankie Addams, the lead character in the made-for-TV adaptation of The Member of the Wedding, co-starring with Pearl Bailey. In 1983, she starred with Rip Torn and Mary Steenburgen in the film Cross Creek, a semi-biographical story about Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, author of The Yearling; in real life, her character was a young boy.

In 1982 and 1983, Dana had two guest appearances in the TV series The Fall Guy. In season 1, episode 18 "Child's Play", she played a young girl called Libby. In season 2, episode 20 "P.S. I Love You" she had the role of 21-year-old stunt woman Cassie Farraday. In 1983, she made a guest appearance on Magnum, P.I. episode entitled "Basket Case". She played a 13 year old foster child, Willie, who joined Magnum's youth basketball team.

At age 19 she starred in a 1984 CBS Schoolbreak Special called Welcome Home, Jellybean, playing Geraldine "Jellybean" Oxley, a 12-year-old developmentally disabled girl whose parents remove their daughter out of an institution to experience a normal home life. The same year, she appeared in Shelley Duvall's 1980s children's TV series Faerie Tale Theatre, playing The Princess in an episode called "The Boy Who Left Home to Find Out About the Shivers".

In 1986, she had another role in the TV series The Fall Guy. In season 5, episode 20 "Tag Team" she played the role of "Loser".

Film roles[edit]

In 1985, the producers of the 1983 movie National Lampoon's Vacation were planning a sequel, but Anthony Michael Hall declined to reprise his role as son Rusty Griswold, choosing instead to do the film Weird Science. The producers decided to recast the roles of both Griswold children, and so for National Lampoon's European Vacation, Hill was chosen to replace the original actress who portrayed Audrey, Dana Barron.

Hill appeared as Sergeant Andrea Pritchett alongside George Clooney in Combat Academy (also known as Combat High), a 1986 film from the producers of Police Academy.

Voice actor[edit]

Beginning in 1987, she provided the voice for Scrappy, the orphan mouse, on eight episodes of Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures.[4] She also provided the voice of Toots in the Pound Puppies episode, "The Bright Eyes Mob." She was Teddy-2 in Jetsons: The Movie (1990);[5] from 1989-1991 she voiced Buddy on the animated children's television show Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears,[6] and in 1992-1993 was the voice of Max on Goof Troop.[7] Her voice was featured as Jerry Mouse in Tom and Jerry: The Movie,[8] and Charles Duckman in the Duckman TV series until her death in 1996. Following Hill's demise, Pat Musick replaced her as Charles.[9] and numerous characters in the Nickelodeon show, Rugrats. She was also a semi-regular panelist on the 1990s version of To Tell the Truth.

Death[edit]

Hill slipped into a diabetic coma in May 1996 and suffered a massive paralytic stroke the following month. On July 15, 1996, Hill died at age 32. She was cremated and her ashes were given to a friend or relative.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1982 Shoot the Moon Sherry Dunlap
1983 Cross Creek Ellie Turner
1985 Waiting to Act Dana
1985 National Lampoon's European Vacation Audrey Griswold
1986 Combat Academy Cadet Sergeant Andrea Pritchett
1990 Jetsons: The Movie Teddy 2 (voice)
1991 Rover Dangerfield Danny (voice)
1992 Tom and Jerry: The Movie Jerry (voice)

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1978 Mork & Mindy Girl Scout Episode: "Mork the Gullible"
1979 Paul Williams Show, TheThe Paul Williams Show Debbie TV film
1979 Featherstone's Nest Courtney Featherstone TV film
1979 French Atlantic Affair, TheThe French Atlantic Affair Maggie Joy TV miniseries
1980 $5.20 an Hour Dream, TheThe $5.20 an Hour Dream Kim Lissick TV film
1980 Kids Who Knew Too Much, TheThe Kids Who Knew Too Much Foxy Cooper TV film
1980 ABC Afterschool Special Michelle Mudd Episode: "What Are Friends For?"
1980 Family Martha Episode: "Smarts"
1981 Fallen Angel Jennifer Phillips TV film
1981-1982 Two of Us, TheThe Two of Us Gabrielle 'Gabby' Gallagher Main role (20 episodes)
1982 Member of the Wedding, TheThe Member of the Wedding Frankie Addams TV film
1982 Fall Guy, TheThe Fall Guy Libby Episode: "Child's Play"
1983 Fall Guy, TheThe Fall Guy Cassie Farraday Episode: "P.S. I Love You"
1983 Magnum, P.I. Willie Episode: "Basket Case"
1983 Branagan and Mapes Gussie Mapes TV short
1984 CBS Schoolbreak Special Geraldine 'Jellybean' Oxley Episode: "Welcome Home, Jellybean"
1984 Silence of the Heart Cindy Lewis TV film
1984 Faerie Tale Theatre Princess Amanda Episode: "The Boy Who Left Home to Find Out About the Shivers"
1985 Faerie Tale Theatre Guest Interviewee Episode: "Grimm Party"
1986 Fall Guy, TheThe Fall Guy Loser Episode: "Tag Team"
1986 Picnic Millie Owens TV film
1986 Combat Academy Sgt. Andrea Pritchett TV film
1987 Pound Puppies Toots / Colin (voice) 2 episodes
1987-1988 Mighty Mouse the New Adventures Orphan Scrappy / Kid Mouse (voice) Regular role (19 episodes)
1988 Flintstone Kids' Just Say No Special, TheThe Flintstone Kids' Just Say No Special Stoney (voice) TV film
1988 Adventures of Raggedy Ann & Andy, TheThe Adventures of Raggedy Ann & Andy Raggedy Dog (voice) TV series
1988 Fantastic Max XS (voice) Episode: "Cooking Mother's Goose"
1989 Marvin, Baby of the Year Marvin Miller (voice) TV short
1990 Sugar and Spice Ginger Regular role (7 episodes)
1990 Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears Buddy Gummi (voice) Episode: "Return to Ursalia"
1990-1991 Widget, the World Watcher Kevin (voice) Regular role (14 episodes)
1991 Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears Buddy Gummi (voice) Episode: "The Rite Stuff"
1991 Final Verdict Francy TV film
1991 Darkwing Duck Tank Muddlefoot (voice) Regular role (11 episodes)
1991 Legend of Prince Valiant, TheThe Legend of Prince Valiant Young Valiant (voice) Episode: "The Gift"
1991-1994 Rugrats Various (voice) Recurring role (8 episodes)
1992 P. J. Sparkles Sparks (voice) TV film
1992 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Foster Fenwick (voice) Episode: "Too Hot to Handle"
1992 Goof Troop Christmas Max Goof (voice) TV film
1992-1993 Goof Troop Max Goof (voice) Main role (70 episodes)
1993 Bonkers Timmy (voice) Episodes: "Fistful of Anvils", "I Oughta Be in Toons"
1994 Sonic the Hedgehog Princess Sally child (voice) Episodes: "Blast to the Past" parts 1 & 2
1994 Beethoven Timmy / Bully (voice) 2 episodes
1994-1997 Duckman Charles (voice) Main role (46 episodes)
1995-1996 What-a-Mess Norton / Archbishop of Canterbury TV series
1996 The Hot Rod Dogs and Cool Car Cats Hot Rod (voice) Regular role (7 episodes)
1996 Adventures from the Book of Virtues Joe Harper (voice) Episode: "Work"
1996 Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper, TheThe Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper Wee Willie Winkle (voice) 1 episode

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